The Ghost Hunters Season 8 premiere featured another first for Team TAPS, an amusement park investigation. The team has done museums (to death – almost literally – I might add), public buildings and even a zoo in the past but never an amusement park.
Arriving at the park, King’s Island, located in Mason, Ohio, we are given a new one, and yes, improved introduction to the show by Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes. The thing I realized while watching this new intro was how strange it sounded. In fact, my notes actually say “weird intro from Jason and Grant explaining TAPS”. As we begin this 8th season of the show, it just seems weird to explain the team and what they do, but I guess Syfy has kind of raised hopes that she would attract a new audience this season. As a veteran of the weekly churn it seemed odd, but when I got into the mindset of maybe a new viewer, it was pretty well done.
Syfy seems to have reinvested in the series. From halfway through last season, we suddenly saw additional visual effects, freeze frames, a bit more sophisticated editing, and even new music over the usual ‘dying oboe’ sounds. Some would say this is an attempt to give CPR to a show that is about to be able to shoo itself off and I’m not quite sure they’re wrong. A reinvention of the show is definitely needed and I commend them for making this attempt. Only time will tell if this will be enough.
The introduction to the episode might have been a little different from this episode, but the rest of the series has stayed pretty much the same. All the usual suspects were present and pictured: Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Steven Gonsalves, David Tango, Britt Griffith, Amy Bruni and Adam Berry all return with the new season.
Here are some of the highlights from the amusement park survey:
During the reveal, Jason and Grant tell the amusement park’s public relations manager that they debunked the sounds of pots and pans in the kitchen, as some condensers and the voices and laughter heard in the castle water came from a metal fan. Moving on to the captured EVPs they play several very interesting clips, although it was impossible to tell what was said, the noise had a distinctive girlish voice sound. Normally I hate that kind of ambiguous sound but in this case I’m going to give them a pass, it was a very close game. Finally, they play another EVP which is a girl’s voice saying “Find my mother”. Which is really heartbreaking. The audio was clear and it was wonderful proof.
Moving on to the next investigation, the team is once again working on a residential home case. It’s nice to see that the team are sticking to the plan they revealed last season to do more old-fashioned home surveys this season rather than the “Can you increase the number of visitors from?” my museum in this horrible economy please? ‘ investigation.
Ghostbusters are called to the Antrim family home in Antrim, New Hampshire by a family friend and reporter. It seems the house has been busy since the owner was a child growing up in the house and now her own children are going through experiences – dark sitting shadows, a woman’s voice calling her children by their names, snoring forts and jumping action figures.
Here are some highlights from this survey:
The reveal with the client and her friend consisted of playing the recording of the growl / snore that the owner of the house seemed to recognize and the dueling flashlight sequence that made the owner cry upon learning he didn’t want to be there. .
Concluding the investigation, Grant says there are “entities that need to be addressed” and Jason says they allayed the friend’s fears and obtained evidence to back up the owner’s experiences. In an odd statement, Grant leaves us with “They left with the person who needed comfort the most were the entities.”
I feel a little mixed on this latest investigation. It’s difficult because not all of the information ends up being included in the finished episodes but I hope the Ghostbusters haven’t left this family, or the supposed entities that are stuck in it, hanging in there. I would have liked to have seen them give the family more information on the release of trapped entities or at least the contact details of someone who could help them. As it looked in the finished episode, the TAPS team came, filmed, and left. Not very encouraging.
Overall, this episode of “Roller Ghoster” was a pretty decent season premiere. It was quick but not so quick that the investigation seemed rushed, well, with the exception of the instant revelation at the end of the second investigation, I was expecting at least 10 more minutes of commercials, this section of the show was really pretty choppy in a rushed “almost time to stop” manner. Again, I liked the new intro, however, I hope they don’t overdo this new “We’re a TAPS Family…”, you know, like they do with whatever they seem to be trying. .
I look forward to the coming season. Hopefully we’ll get to see a little more of Jason’s daughter Haily Hawes, who did a great job last season and added a new face to the mix. Another element, as we saw in this episode, Amy and Britt make a great team. In fact, they engaged in a conversation and tried to figure out what was going on around them when they were looking for that elusive ball of light. Instead, we have insane conversations like the one between Amy and Adam on the amusement park ride where we overhear Amy saying “I even wore my riding boots today!” and Adam responds to her with that annoyed sigh of “Oh… you actually did.” Hmmm. Yes. Thanks for that. It was really fascinating. Darling.
Anyway, the ‘fixing of the show’ will have to wait another day, I can’t give Syfy all the answers in one column! So I’m coming back on Monday with the preview video of next week’s episode, meanwhile, Follow me on twitter and I will keep you posted and keep you posted on the release of the next episode of “As the Ghost Hunters turn” on the blog.